A lot of dogs in Thailand are thrown out on the streets when their owners can’t take care of them anymore. This is why there is a big population of strays around the country. Needing enough food, water, and a warm home to live in, these dogs certainly need some help from humans.
Michael Baines is the chef and general manager of a restaurant in Chonburi. Although he was born and raised in Sweden, he decided to move to Thailand in 2002 after falling in love with the country with his frequent visits. As an animal lover himself, Michael loved to go around the city, feeding a lot of stray dogs.
When he became an owner of a restaurant, Michael was able to save more pooches. He once met a momma dog who had recently given birth to puppies and was really sick. Michael took care of her and the pups, nourishing them back to health.
Michael’s rescue stories on his page went viral and grew more followers. Donations were also starting to pour in from people in Sweden and the US. Since then, together with his wife, they decided to move into a bigger house where they can accommodate more dogs to take care of.
The couple also hired a staff who can help take care of their canine residents. Before moving to the new house, Michael and his wife already had 12 rescue dogs. But six months after moving in, they were able to rescue 80 dogs and they were all staying in the house.
Michael and the mayor of Chonburi got to talking about the Saensuk Dog Pound which was owned by the government. The place was a mess and dogs were getting sick. Michael proposed that he would take over the pound so he can take care of the pups and even accommodate more.
With the mayor’s approval, Michael and his staff got to work. They raised funds and were planning to build an extension of the facility. Two of his staff would go to the pound every day until Michael could fully take over. As they were busy getting the place in shape, they brought the sick dogs to veterinary clinics.
Even though Michael and his whole team have already achieved a lot as a rescue group, they continue making the facility bigger and more sustainable. Since they are running on donations, it could get quite unstable and they didn’t want the dogs to suffer because of it.
Michael is hoping to hire an in-house veterinarian which would greatly cut their expenses. In the future, he is also hoping to open a vet clinic for the locals so they can bring in more money for the Saensuk Dog Pound. Michael also plans to expand the facility up to a forested area so the dogs can have more space to play.
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